University of Surrey Veterinary Biosciences

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University of Surrey Veterinary Biosciences

University of Surrey Veterinary Biosciences

Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

I enjoy the fact that the individual lectures are taught by specialists in the particular subject, meaning that you can have every confidence in your learning and benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of those teaching you.

Emily Moxom BSc Veterinary Biosciences

Why Surrey?

Our unique Veterinary Biosciences degree programme offers specialist training in the biology that underpins veterinary science and its associated disciplines. It is run in collaboration with two world-class veterinary institutes – the government Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute. This will prepare you for a successful and infinitely rewarding career in veterinary medicine and bioscience.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Programme overview

The programme offers specialist training in the biology that underpins veterinary science and its associated disciplines. This will equip you for a diverse range of careers in the veterinary arena, including bioscience research, veterinary public health, veterinary nutrition, veterinary ecology and veterinary infectious diseases and diagnostics. Graduates have worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)


We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study, which allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your particular degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other subjects of interest.

During your first year, almost half of your time is spent in laboratory practicals. In your second year, this decreases to around a quarter of your time. In your final year, you will conduct your own scientific research project, usually in one of our state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey’s Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


The laboratories in which you will undertake practical work have recently been fully refurbished and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and audiovisual equipment.

Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will spend a great deal of time utilising these facilities. For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active researchers.

You will also benefit from the facilities at the University’s new School of Veterinary Medicine which opened in October 2015. The new School includes a clinical skills centre, an academic building and a veterinary pathology facility. See photos of the new School buildings.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

You will also be paired with a Veterinary Biosciences student from the year of study above you, so that you can benefit from their recent experience on the programme.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your degree. As a Veterinary Biosciences student, it might be possible for you to spend your full second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA.

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree without paying additional tuition fees.

In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have also travelled to Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Surrey’s Professional Training placement is of immense benefit to students, both in your final year of study and in helping you get appropriate jobs after graduating.

Our experienced Professional Training tutors will help you choose between, and apply to, a strictly vetted selection of excellent placements in industry, veterinary surgeries, research laboratories and academia.

As a student on our Veterinary Biosciences programme, you will have the opportunity to undertake Professional Training placements at the nearby APHA and the Pirbright Institute, providing you with a special insight into working in a world-class veterinary research institute.

This unique training will complement your academic knowledge and enhance your employment prospects upon completion of your degree.

Watch videos of Veterinary Biosciences students on placement at London Zoo and on placement in North Carolina, USA.

Research internships and additional placements

At the end of Year 1, the top four students will have the opportunity to undertake overseas summer research internships at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

Read about the experiences of students Anna Dent and Jess Powell, who travelled to America to spend ten weeks at North Carolina State University.

Additional placements in state-of-the-art veterinary surgeries and other academic research institutes within the UK are also available to all students, giving you the opportunity to work alongside veterinary scientists and veterinary surgeons in a number of disciplines, such as:

  • Pathology
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Risk analysis and parasitology

Graduate prospects

The Veterinary Biosciences programme provides excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in biological sciences, veterinary research, animal health and disease, public health, animal nutrition and the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The programme may also provide a suitable platform for undertaking a further undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine or a postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD).

Our recent Veterinary Biosciences graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Animal Health Trust, Research Scientist
  • Pirbright Institute, PhD studentship
  • University of Surrey and University of Bristol, Veterinary Medicine degree
  • University of Surrey, PhD studentship
  • Royal Veterinary College, Research Scientist

Biological Sciences graduates from the University of Surrey have typically gone on to become, for example, postgraduate researchers, or laboratory scientists within Public Health England, the NHS, the Animal and Plant Health Agency or the Pirbright Institute.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total: £20

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Biology and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited for an interview. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years D300
BSc (Hons) 4 years D301

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government’s loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We’re committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

Find out more

The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.